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PM eyes full reopening of T&T

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by Sharlene Rampersad (Trinidad Guardian) Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says in the coming days, he will meet with this country’s Ministry of Health officials to discuss the full reopening of T&T’s operations, as there has been no-post Carnival spike in COVID-19 cases.

Speaking at a People’s National Movement (PNM) virtual public meeting in San Fernando Tuesday night, the Prime Minister said he has kept a close eye on the number of COVID cases reported since the Taste of Carnival events.

“And I will be minded to tell the country that I see no reason now not to open the country completely,” Rowley said.

“So within the next few days, I will meet with our health team and we will take decisions commiserate with the circumstances in Trinidad and Tobago and compare it to what is happening elsewhere,” he added.

However, Rowley said T&T must be cautious, as he said a number of countries have reported massive outbreaks of the virus in the recent weeks.

“We have to be mindful but we can be a whole lot more operational, our economy has come through a very difficult period but we expect there will be some growth in our economy, those who are requiring Government assistance will get that assistance, those who can help themselves will be encouraged so to do, and we will strengthen our position going forward,” he said.

He urged citizens to ignore any detractors or those with “cocoa in the sun”, saying the country must be grateful for the success that has been coming its way.

He also expressed relief that students will be back in school in April.

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